Around the NFC West: Cardinals fold in cold

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals looked anything but playoff ready during their 47-7 defeat at New England.

Also from Somers: The Cardinals refused to blame the weather for their poor performance.

More from Somers: Despite holding out players with an eye to the playoffs, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says Arizona needs to beat Seattle in the regular-season finale.

More still from Somers: In his view, the Arizona defense has lost its desire.

And this from Somers: Matt Cassel and Matt Leinart faced different obstacles in the meeting of former USC quarterbacks.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals took one look at the snow and decided they couldn't beat the Patriots.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com quotes Cardinals fullback Terrelle Smith as saying an 8-8 record would be unacceptable for Arizona.

Also from Urban: A look at Leinart's experience.

More from Urban: Whisenhunt uses the word "unacceptable" to describe his team's performance.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals-Patriots outcome was as easy to predict as the weather.

Also from Tulumello: Leinart struggled upon replacing Kurt Warner, but he did throw a long touchdown pass.

More from Tulumello: The Cardinals needed more than an hour to get to the stadium after getting stuck behind a snow plow.